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Useful Temperate Plants

Erica multiflora

L.

Ericaceae

+ Synonyms

Erica dianthera Moench.

Erica peduncularis C.Presl

Erica purpurascens Lam.

Erica umbellifera Loisel.

Erica vagans Desf.

Ericoides multiflorum (L.) Kuntze

Gypsocallis multiflora D.Don

Common Name:

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General Information

Erica multiflora is a low-growing, evergreen shrub reaching a height of 30 - 75cm[
11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It has been shown to be an effective antiviral in the treatment of Herpes simplex virus.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.

Range

Southern Europe - Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Albania; N. Africa - Morocco to Libya

Habitat

Not known

Properties

HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.50 m

Cultivation Details



This species is very rare in gardens, a form of Erica vagans often being made to do duty for it. These two species have been much confused by botanists, but Erica multiflora is easily distinguished by the anthers being only slightly notched at the top, whereas in Erica vagans the anther-cells are free from one another right to the base; the sepals also are longer and narrower than in Erica vagans[
11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The aerial parts of the plant are considered to be a urinary antiseptic, astringent and tranquillizer. They are also used in the treatment of prostate cancer[
1276
Title
Antiviral activity of some Tunisian medicinal plants against Herpes simplex virus type 1
Publication
Natural Product Research, 22:1, 53 - 65, 2008
Author
Sassi, A. Ben, Harzallah-Skhiri, F., Bourgougnon, N. and Aou
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786410701589790
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
A methanol extract of the plant has been shown to confer complete cell protection against the Herpes simplex-1 virus[
1276
Title
Antiviral activity of some Tunisian medicinal plants against Herpes simplex virus type 1
Publication
Natural Product Research, 22:1, 53 - 65, 2008
Author
Sassi, A. Ben, Harzallah-Skhiri, F., Bourgougnon, N. and Aou
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786410701589790
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
]
contained tannins, proanthocyanidins and flavonoids[
1276
Title
Antiviral activity of some Tunisian medicinal plants against Herpes simplex virus type 1
Publication
Natural Product Research, 22:1, 53 - 65, 2008
Author
Sassi, A. Ben, Harzallah-Skhiri, F., Bourgougnon, N. and Aou
Website
http:// http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786410701589790
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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